Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Oh, they're starting right in with the new Zelda. This game looks gorgeous. Easily the prettiest I've seen on the Wii U. It's somewhat cel shaded, like Wind Waker, but much more detailed. MUCH. Looks like you can climb trees, cook, and interact with the environment way more. Link has a new hang glider trick with his poncho.

Here's the trailer they showed: https://youtu.be/1rPxiXXxftE

Reggie is out talking. A "seamless Hyrule." Sounds open world without loading screens. It looks like Nintendo's first day is almost all about Zelda. But he has one other thing to pitch first.

Pokémon Sun and Moon
Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio are the starter critters. There's a full panel, including the producer and director from Game Freak and people from Nintendo, talking about the game. It's the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, damn.

Wow, this is a big difference from the Pokémon games I've played, just in terms of perspective. It's not just top-down isometric anymore, it looks like you have a wide range of camera control. The characters look like anime characters instead of video game characters, if that makes sense.

Two legendary Pokemon are the avatars of the sun and moon, and they tie into the plot significantly.

The three starter Pokemon are designed to be super cute when they move around in the game. I kinda love that "cute" was a goal.

They changed the characters to be more realistic to increase immersion.

Now the demo is going. Popplio is fighting Ledyba. Popplio is super cute. There's a crazy amount of info in battles, you can get a description of every move, and see how status effects have affected the Pokemon in the battle.

Hey a new Pokemon, Yungoos. He looks like an angry weasel.

The Pokedex has been redesigned a bit to encourage catching 'em all.

You can now see the trainers during battle, standing a few feet behind.

Youtube used "bad stream." It's super effective.

This is mostly just a bunch of fights they're showing. Nothing really surprising, but it certainly looks nice.

There's a new multiplayer battle mode called Battle Royale. It's four players, with up to four Pokemon. It's a free-for-all battle with all four fighting each other. When one player loses all their Pokemon the match is over, and it calculates the rest based on various factors.

So yeah, if you like Pokemon you should be excited. This looks like a great evolution of the series.

Available November 18, 2016 on the Nintendo 3DS.

Back to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Link starts by waking up. Keeping with tradition. Then he gets a Sheika Slate. It kinda looks like a smartphone. It even has GPS. This game has more tech than we've seen before. I guess it could be based in magic but it at least looks high tech.

It looks like climbing is a big part of this game. This opens things up significantly for exploration. If you want some apples you can either climb the trees or chop them down.

This is a deeper kind of game. You have to collect resources to keep your health up, and your weapons will break so you have to constantly collect to survive.

Woops, the presenter/player forgot to turn off the time limit for the floor, so now he has to restart.

One thing that's important to mention, there's no constant background music. You hear the world around you.

At 3PM Pacific today, Miitomo is getting some Zelda items.

This segment is over, but they're going to be streaming Zelda for hours to come. I'm not sticking around for all of it but if you want to see it in action you have some time to tune in, and of course, it'll all be available to watch after the show.

This does look like a great game, though.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 06/14/2016 at 05:42pm

Here's a link to the official Breath of the Wild trailer

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/14/2016 at 05:59pm

I'll add that in!

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 06/14/2016 at 06:14pm

Is it true that Breath of the Wild won't be out until next year, when the NX releases (presumably)? If so, I'd rather not have to buy a Wii U, if I don't have to ;)

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/14/2016 at 06:17pm

They didn't discuss that, but it's "expected" to release in 2017 simultaneously for Wii U and the NX.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 06/14/2016 at 06:44pm

I'm thinking more and more that the NX is going to be some sort of phone/handheld device, and the Wii U will still be the Nintendo "console." That's just speculation on my part of course :)

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 06/14/2016 at 08:03pm

Sweet!! Yeah, Breath of the Wild is supposed to be released in March, from what I've read.

I wonder if the new Pokemon games will run fine on the old 3DS or if they'll need to be played on the New 3DS.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/14/2016 at 09:41pm

I was under the impression that nothing *required* the New 3DS, they just might be less impressive on the old one. But I could be wrong.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 06/14/2016 at 10:37pm

Yeah. Hyrule Warriors on the 3DS doesn't seem to necessarily require the New 3DS, but from what I've heard and read, it has trouble running on the older models.

As for Pokemon Sun and Moon, Vinny and I have already discussed which one of us is going to get which game. I'm going to buy both games, one for each of us. Moon is going to be for me. Popplio is likely to be the starter I pick, as I often start with Water-types, if for nothing else because of the blue. :)

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 06/15/2016 at 03:22am

Is anyone else watching the Breath of the Wild demos, and getting really annoyed by the new item pickup sound?

jdodson   Admin wrote on 06/15/2016 at 04:37am

Just watched the trailer and I really liked it. Art wise it seems to be a mashup of Ofarina and Wind Waker. Maybe some No Mans Sky too smile

I really like the ducks too and I'm pretty sure the duck effects and simulation will be the reason I get this. smile Jokes aside this looks more and more like something I'll need to get. I hope the NX is cool.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 06/15/2016 at 09:22am

@Scrypt, I haven't watched enough to pay attention to the sounds, perhaps I will watch more of them.

Honestly, it doesn't take me much to sell me on a Zelda game and from what little I've seen and read about Breath of the Wild, I'm completely sold.

@Jon, the art style looks incredibly like Wind Waker. I wonder if that will make some people less interested. From what I remember from WW's release, a lot of people seemed to complain about the art style. I, however, loved it. The one thing I noticed was that the water didn't seem to match the art style, but it was still beautiful.

I also read that both Wii U and NX versions of the game will be exactly the same (see link below). That's great news, to me as a Wii U owner. It means, I don't have to buy an NX. I'm usually excited about whatever console Nintendo dishes out, but from what I've read about the NX, it's outside of my scope of interest, meaning I'm not currently interested in it.


jdodson   Admin wrote on 06/18/2016 at 06:53pm
Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/18/2016 at 08:35pm

Hahaha, yeah. I have a feeling I'm going to want to do that.

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